Coaching Association of Canada

Mario Delisle, ChPC

Sport: Boccia
Years Coaching: 20
Years Coaching National Team: 10
NCCP Status: Level 4
Previous Games: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, Guadalajara 2011, London 2012

How do you feel about this experience?
I feel excited about our athletes competing in Canada in 2015 just a year prior to the next Paralympic Games in 2016.

What are you most looking forward to about coaching on home soil?
I am looking forward to see how the athletes, sport assistant and coaches of my team are going to handle the pressure of performing on home soil.

What was the most important part of your preparation as a coach?
The most important part of my preparation as a coach is to make sure that the athletes are well prepared in all aspects and that everybody is in a top shape and well rested coming into the games.

Did everything go according to plan? What would you do differently?
In terms of the preparation for the games things are going according to the plan but I would have liked to spend more time with the athletes and the staff prior to the games.

What would a medal performance by one of your athletes mean to you as a coach?
It means an accomplishment for the athletes and it gives a good indication of the medal potential for the 2016 Paralympic Games. It would also be a good way to evaluate the work of the coaches in order to make appropriate adjustments.

What did NCCP training teach you that will serve you well in the heat of competition at these Games?
That coaches need to stay cool and in control, and that great leadership coming from coaches is important to the team.

What tip do you have for development and community coaches?
Be patient with the talented athletes; their development at all levels is important and you don’t want to rush things.